Visitor Information

Bayfront Health Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda understand family members and friends are an important part of the healing process for our patients and we welcome you to visit. We allow flexibility in visiting based on a patient’s condition and preference, however, we encourage you to check with admission or the main desk prior to visiting to make sure your visit occurs at the most appropriate time. 

Patients are allowed two visitors at a time. We suggest that visits be kept brief to avoid tiring patients. Visitors may be asked to leave the room when a physician arrives or when nursing care or spiritual care is given. Children of any age may be allowed to visit patients with the permission of their nurse. We ask that you not bring young visitors who may be disruptive. To prevent spreading illnesses to our patients, we ask that children and adults with contagious illnesses, including colds and flu, delay their visits until they are well.

Patient visiting hours

All Patient Areas, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. (except ICU & NICU at Bayfront Port Charlotte)

ICU at Bayfront Health Port Charlotte
Visiting Your Loved One in ICU At Bayfront Health Port Charlotte, we believe that maintaining family bonds with ICU patients can provide substantial emotional support for patients, which will aid their recovery. Our ICU visitation policy accommodates flexible visitation for patients’ families.

  • 9 a.m. - Noon 
  • 2 - 5 p.m. 
  • 8 - 10 p.m. 

We ask that you partner with us to help make patient care and safety our first priority. Also, because of the critical tasks to be completed during shift changes, please minimize questions of the health care team between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to facilitate safe hand-offs. We appreciate your cooperation. 

NICU at Bayfront Health Port Charlotte
The NICU is closed to visitors during the following times:

  • 6:30 - 8 a.m.
  • 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Cafeteria hours

Our hospital cafeteria is located on the first floor and is open to visitors. Meals are served Monday - Friday between the following hours.*   

  •     Breakfast:  6:30 - 9:30 a.m. 
  •     Lunch:  11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

*Cafeteria hours subject to change.

Vending machines

Vending is available 24-hours per day and includes offerings such as frozen entrees, ice cream, sandwiches, fruit, yogurt, pudding, assorted snacks and beverages. Vending machines are located on the first floor in the cafeteria, at the same day surgery entrance and along the corridor to the emergency room.

Parking

Visitors may park, free of charge, in the hospital’s parking lot. Please do not park in spaces reserved for doctors and clergy. 

Courtesy tram

Our Courtesy Tram is available to give you a ride between your car and the hospital from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The tram regularly circles the parking lot to pick up arriving visitors and stops for departing visitors at the main lobby entrance.